‘Tis the season to recycle
With the festive season fast approaching, we are advising residents of the arrangements for waste and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period.
Waste and recycling collection crews will be working throughout the festive season to make sure services are delivered on time and with no delays.
Downloadable bin calendars with information about waste and recycling arrangements for your area will be available from the Bins, Recycling and Waste pages of our website by the end of November.
Due to the public holidays, some properties will have a change in the day of their collections over the festive period.
Daventry area collections due to take place on Monday 25 December will instead take place on Saturday 23 December, while collections due on Tuesday 26 December will take place on Sunday 24 December.
Collections due on Monday 1 January will take place on Saturday 30 December. All other collections will take place on their normal days.
Northampton area collections due on Monday 25 December will instead take place on Saturday 30 December. All other collections will take place on their normal days.
South Northamptonshire area collections due on Tuesday 26 December, will instead take place on Saturday 23 December.
All other collections will take place on their normal days.
Those subscribed to the service are advised there will be a short break in collections from 23 December until 5 January.
Real tree collections
Crews will collect real Christmas trees between 8 and 19 January. You do not need a garden waste subscription to take advantage of this.
Residents in the Daventry and South Northants areas should put real Christmas trees out on the day garden waste is due to be collected in their area.
In the Northampton area trees should be put out next to recycling bins, while those on sack collections can present trees beside their recycling boxes on their collection day.
Please ensure trees over 6ft tall are cut in half so they fit in the lorries safely. They can also be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule. Please remember you can recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Do not put any liquids in the caddy.
Household Waste Recycling Centres
These are open as usual throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, when they will be closed. Centres will also close early on Christmas Eve, at 2pm.
If you have more recycling than your bin can handle, you can put it in clear plastic bags or boxes and present it alongside your recycling bins or boxes. You can also take this to your nearest HWRC.
Keep on top of collections
You can check your collection day and set up alerts on your mobile by downloading the free West Northamptonshire Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores.
Find more information about collections together with top tips for reducing your waste and recycling more this Christmas at westnorthants.gov.uk/waste
Gayton and Tiffield Community bus service
The Gayton and Tiffield Community bus service has been operating and serving the two villages since 1984 - more detail can be found here: http://www.gayton-northants.co.uk/services/minibus/index.html .
We are pleased to advise you that this established service is to be extended to Pattishall Parish that all residents can take advantage of.
If residents have a bus pass this can be used on the service and if not, there is a nominal fee of £6 return to and from Towcester and just £7 to and from Northampton. The bus can pick people up from their homes and also drop them off and the driver will help with shopping bags too.
The first bus will be coming through the Parish on Tuesday 27th June and again Friday 30th June. Along with this post is the map of the service and a timetable now extended to us all.
The service will be trialled for a one-year period and if it is adopted and used by Parish residents, will become a long-term fixture.
Please watch out for a leaflet coming through your door over the next few weeks, and more information in the Autumn edition of Around Pattishall.
We encourage you to utilise and enjoy the service – thank you.
Pattishall Parish Council
Towcester Area Door to Door
Could you volunteer to help the elderly and vulnerable in our parish? If you have been volunteering during lockdown or are now working from home, are you able to spare some time to help out?
Towcester Area Door to Door urgently need to recruit additional volunteer drivers to help people in our community.
As we emerge from lockdown, the NHS is now offering a wider range of hospital and GP appointments, and dentists, opticians, podiatrists and other healthcare providers are back at work. We have seen a steady rise in the number of journeys requested and we expect this to continue, particularly when the Autumn flu vaccine programme begins.
This year, more than ever, our elderly and vulnerable neighbours need the support of a friendly, affordable, door-to-door service for their medical appointments.
Drivers need to have access to a car, be available on a regular basis for a minimum of half a day a week and complete a DBS check. Mileage is reimbursed at the HMRC rate and insurance premiums are not affected. Journeys are agreed in accordance with weekly availability and can fit around the school run, working from home or part time employment.